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What is Geology Really?

In theory what is it?

Traditional geology is the study of the earth (and the terrestrial planets and satellites) and their composition, structure, and forces that work upon them.

What is it used for?

Traditionally, the classical field geologist explored for mineral resources to be exploited.

What does the major actually entail - work-wise?

I wouldn't know- like 90% of my classmates I never found work in the field.

What kind of jobs do you get with it?

Before I retrained, I was offered jobs as janitor and manual laborer with my honors degree in geology.

What are the fellow students like (personalitywise) in it?

Most are bitter, some are broken and ashamed.

Common Misconceptions

That a B.S. in geology will get you ANY sort of job, let alone an entry level geologist position. Thirty years ago a B.S. was enough- now, mysteriously, you need an advanced degree. If you actually want to work, get your degree in mining engineering or geophysics.
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Major unemployment rate

_ All Majors
Unemployed %6 %7
Minimum Wage %4 %4
All Others %89 %88
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in ?

Going Well %87
Not Going Well %13
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Graduates who stayed in

Still in Field %70
Got out %30
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